Well, Barack Obama has won approval for his health plan, but only after satisfying some wavering Democrats that public money wouldn't be used to fund abortions.
Those of us in advanced civilised nations should applaud this reform in the US, and welcome them to the family of compassionate nations. Many script-writers of US medical shows will need to find new plot lines to replace the story line of the critical need patient unable to afford care.
That the reforms hinged upon the question of public funds for abortion is perhaps no sur[prise. NSW's last Australian Democrat politician, Arthur Chesterfield-Evans, attempted to make the public aware that there is no ability to get a publicly funded abortion in NSW even though the citizenry would presume this is the case. It is achieved through the manipulation by the State Government rather than by regulation.
It is a situation that needs to be rectified.
Meanwhile, we will know that the US has made it into the 21st century if Obama can pull off two other big reforms. The first would be to move to the metric system of weights and measures. The second would be gun control.